Skip to comments.Karl Rove: Here Are the 2 Tactical Fails That Cost Romney the Election
Posted on 06/27/2013 4:10:10 PM PDT by jimbo123
The GOP strategist says he tried to signal to the Romney campaign that it should change course, but they didn't follow his lead.
A lot has been said about why Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, from his failure to turn out more white working-class voters to his failure to win more of the Latino voters who did turn out. Republican strategist Karl Rove offered the latest take Thursday in remarks detailing how he tried, from his perch at an outside group forbidden by law from coordinating with the campaign, to signal to Romney's team that they should make changes in course and defend their candidate more fiercely.
"No election can be blamed on one single thing ... that's not the way politics works," Rove said during an Aspen Ideas Festival conversation with Atlantic Editor in Chief James Bennet. At core, however, "This was a tactical failure."
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"If Romney had given me more of his millions to squander on ineffective advertising and crony consulting fees, he would have won."
What a worthless huckster.
Who cares at this point?
Why still all this navel gazing? It is not like the GOP will learn from their mistakes.
Is it racist to say that?
Par for the course these days..
The second rule of campaign club is DO NOT LISTEN TO KARL ROVE!
He lost mainly because the democrats beat the republicans in multivote voters, dead people voting, and cheating at the inner city polling places where Obama received 120% of the vote.
Rove is a left-wing republican.
But I thought he was “The Architect”?
at this point, what difference does it make?
Stuff it, Karl.
Rove, Rubio,Coulter and the rest of the GOP will nominate another left-wing RINO in 2016 who will be trounced by Hillary and again 4 years after that.
3rd party now.
So what if it splits the vote.Can`t get any worse.
Gee, I don’t know.... maybe it was Romney’s support for abortion and gay marriage, along with him basically telling conservatives that he didn’t want our votes that cost him my vote.
All that money was IMHO, payoff to the lib MSM. They make a lot of money off of ads.
No more Bushes no more Clintons.
Yeah, KARL and ROVE
The fact is Romney ran a hope and change campaign just like Obama. Where were his plans? He talked about jobs but never explained what he would do to help.
He talked about raising tariffs on China but only if China didn't play by the rules. China can play by the rules, they are already stacked in China's favor.
Romney was already irradiated before he began to run. He had a liberal and a non-Christian past. You don't get much more irradiated than that.
Karl is desperate.
His big $$$ pro-Amnesty advertising campaign is having the opposite effect. People are calling their congressmen and telling them HELL NO! to Amnesty.
Sounds like The Architect’s donors will be asking for refunds on his consulting fees yet again.
Rove AND Romney imposed gay marriage
AND ObamaCARE/ROmneyCARE on America,
and THEN had the gaul to savage Gov. Palin,
making Obama pRes_ _ent in 2008.
They have turned American into Hell
and they should be cursed into Eternity.
3rd party now.
So what if it splits the vote.Can`t get any worse.
Amen to that. A strong conservative 3rd party would take off like wild fire.
Exactly. Tokyo Rove never puts money into GOTV efforts because there aren’t and advertising dollars for the liberal media stations in the deal.
Plus, he hates talking to Grassroots Conservatives. He despises us.
Has Karl Rove ever dominated an election cycle?
In 2000,2002,2004 and 2006 he did a weak job.
He’s been planning his run for 10 years. It never once occurred to him or his crack staff that socialists might attack his capitalist business?
It never once occurred to anyone that the democrats would demand to see his income taxes?
Apparently not because on both issues he sat flat on his heels for seeks before he figured out how to respond to the attacks.
seeks = weeks.
“It’s the candidate, stupid.”
Feeling is mutual. I despise him.
- should have defended BainNot a thing about attacking the current regime. Typical.
- should have nixed Clint and his chair
Romney was never going to be elected.
Here’s a few more tactical problems: CBS, NBC, ABC, NSA, DOJ, IRS.. etc.
Fail 2: Cult Leader Candidate.
Porky pig is a ‘Rat shill. He’s irrelevant.
Romney lost because he wasn’t willing to get down and dirty to win. That and he offered little more than abstract talk, hoping that hate of Obama alone would carry him.
Instead, millions of voters sat home like they did 4 years ago.
Rove is just a vulture looking for more money to pick off of marks.
More putrid sludge from Karl Rove, the political parasite.
Not even going to read the Idiots rant ... Have Lindsey FUKR.
(2 of a kind)
First: Carl Rove
Second: Lack of Conservatism
Third: Carl Rove
#1 Fail: Following Rove advice not to fight but to lie down like a whipped dog.
Liar! Do the math Karl Drove The GOP OFF THE CLIFF! Romney could have got 70% of the “hispanic” vote and still WOULD HAVE LOST!
What is the #1 reason he lost? He was a HORRIBLE candidate and a moron too boot.
And when you PISS OFF THE BASE, you lose.
Rove was probably on the Bush team when they were stabbing Reagan in the back.
Here are the 2 fails:
FAIL #1: ROMNEY
FAIL #2: ROMNEY
The architect’s building collapsed before it was built.
Romney lost because he came across as the rich square dad that didn't know teenagers were making out and smoking pot in his basement.
First, this current House needs to be punished after they took 2010 due to us and then told us to pound sand.
Primary them in 2014. The Tea Party candidates need to regrow their pairs and fight back. Document and show how the GOPe treat them worse than Dems. Embarrass them.
Why are the ‘Pubs still listening to Carl Rove? He was President Bush’s Iago.
(Iago was the treacherous main character in Shakespere’s play “Othello”, for those of you who don’t read books).
I would have voted for Frankenstein rather than not voting or voting for Obama.
Win or lose the election he makes money.
And his advice sucks !
Mitt Romney would have lost with or without Karl Rove’s help. Such a wimpy prissy butt didn’t have what it takes to beat Obama, plain and simple.
Danny - I may be wrong but I thought he said that the Romney campaign said to NOT respond (when you’re responding you”re losing). Rove said they agreed (and didn’t respond) and that that was a mistake
I think the main reason Romney lost was image. Romney looks like a stodgy old used car salesman. Then the 47% comment wiped him out. I would say that one comment did him in more than anything else.
Put Rove and Hannity in a room all by themselves ... and spill hundreds or thousands of Leggo Pieces on the floor and let the Arhitect and his lacky come up with something practical and with meaning ...
If that doesnt work give both of them Etch-A-Sketch pads as all they yak about is some fantasy .. which is orbits removed from reality.
Has Rove ever admitted via his whiteboard where his statistics were totally off base ?
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